[sc:software-category ]I’ve been using µTorrent for years as my BitTorrent client and have been happy with it, however I have noticed more and more advertising on it with each new release and the recent controversy over including a bitcoin mining app as a “bundled offer” seems like it might be time to move on.
My torrenting needs are pretty basic so really so I don’t need much. A quick internet search turned up a couple of options but one kind of caught my eye, qbittorrent.
It’s whole purpose in life is to mimic µtorrent, which makes it a no brainer drop in replacement. It also has the benefit of being open source and cross-platform. So far it’s worked well and does exactly what it says.
The web ui looks better than µtorrent as well. Since µtorrent’s web ui hasn’t changed in years (they’ve kind of dropped it in favour of their new cloud offering) it also has some features not available in µtorrent’s, like SSL and DDNS support.
There are only two small things to complain about:
- I use a Windows 8 app for remote control of µtorrent but it doesn’t work with qbittorrent (not a real problem as the web ui on qbittorrent is pretty good).
- There is one setting I used in µtorrent to limit seeding by time, which isn’t available in qbittorent (or I haven’t found at least).
There is another open source client, Deluge, which I’m going to take a look at as well, but for now qbittorrent will be replacing µtorrent for me.